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Trent Reznor talks about impact of drugs on his work

Trent Reznor talks about impact of drugs on his work
Trent Reznor has famously had two periods in his creative life: the drug fuelled creative tornado, and a sober output that brought an Oscar. He’s now been speaking to Kerrang about exactly this: “I had romanticised the idea of what drugs and alcohol’s role in my life was,” he explained. “I’m not saying it didn’t provide great moments of great escape and relief, and easing of pain, but it wound up creating chaos and destroying things – destroying creativity in my case.” Obviously being unable to create is bad.
 
“There was an awkward adjustment of learning how to live without that, without those things, those people, those crutches and habits. Once I got on stable ground and started to understand how my brain worked without all that, musically at least, I can do more because I can remember what I did. I can think deeper about things.”
 
But has this stopped him being as good? “I’m inspired by how I feel, and I attempt to be as honest as I can be about those feelings… Not The Actual Events’, for example, was I think one of the ugliest records I’ve written in a long time, certainly sober. I’m allowed to go down some dark holes that I realised, in sobriety I hadn’t allowed myself to… I don’t mean I’m using drugs, but I was allowing myself to think deeply about things I’ve felt, and things part of me still feel.”
 
So if you think Trent matured and lost his edge, this adds weight to your theory, although it’s made him a good father of course. 

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